CWA COVID 2020 Emergency Agreement

UPDATE: 6/30/20:

Guidance for Furloughed NJ State Workers Represented by CWA

CWA Tips for furloughed state workers filing for unemployment insurance


Update: 6/27/20: The Job Security MOA was overwhelmingly ratified.

13595 yes

1318 no

14913 total

  1. Summary of Agreement
  2. Signed MOA
  3. Schedule A
  4. Schedule-B-UPDATED

 

Education Equity Meeting 1/25/22 @ 5 PM

The Education and Equity Committee will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm.


Please confirm your attendance with Misty to mlammons@cwalocal1033.com.


Thank you,
Misty Lammons Secretary Education & Equity Committee

CWA Local 1033 Education and Equity is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Big Legislative Win by CWA in New Jersey

For the last several weeks, CWA members in New Jersey have been going all out to fight for the Responsible Collective Negotiations Act to strengthen workers’ bargaining rights. The act expands the scope of bargaining for state government workers beyond basic topics like wages and benefits, and stops state government management from imposing their version of a contract during bargaining with employees. It also allows unions to charge non-union members for the cost of arbitration.With time running out to get this bill passed, members send over 700 emails to their New Jersey State legislators, urging them to stand with workers and strengthen our collective bargaining rights. That hard work paid off on Monday, when legislators voted to PASS the Responsible Collective Negotiations Act in the Senate (23-14) and Assembly (49-27-1).

This is a huge win for our 30,000 State Worker members in New Jersey, and will have a big impact on our bargaining power going forward!

CWA Local 1033 Education and Equity Committee Presents: Mental Health a presentation by Janet Gerhard, FHE Health

CWA Local 1033 Education and Equity Committee is hosting a virtual presentation on Mental Health. Join us on Wednesday, December 15th at 6:00 PM for a virtual discussion on Mental Health.

Presented by Janet Gerhard, Director of Public and Community Affairs for FHE Health.

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Overview of the Nov. 2021 MOA

Overview of the November 2021 Memorandum of Agreement Governing Employees Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Education Equity Meeting 12/1/21 @ 5 PM

The Education and Equity Committee will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Start brainstorming ideas for our goals for 2022 to see what we would like to accomplish. Please see the Zoom link below.
Please confirm your attendance with Misty to mlammons@cwalocal1033.com.


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CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting – November 16, 2021

CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting – November 16, 2021 held virtually via Zoom. Meeting starts at 5:30 PM.

All Members must pre-register to participate in this meeting. Registration deadline is 2:00 PM on November 16, 2021. Once your membership status has been manually verified, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to join the meeting. Please do not delay, members who register after the deadline may not be admitted.

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IT’S TIME TO RE-ELECT TOM BRUNO AS YOUR REPRESENTATIVE ON THE PENSION BOARD!

IT’S TIME TO RE-ELECT TOM BRUNO AS YOUR STATE WORKER REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PERS) BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Tom is currently the Chairman of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Board of Trustees as your State Worker Representative. He is the first PERS Chairman to be asked to testify before the NJ Assembly on behalf of Pension members, and the first to ever litigate a sitting Governor (former Governor Chris Christie) in an effort to secure the state’s full pension payment for employee pensions. He is also the first NJ PERS Chair to be interviewed on television to explain the contractual right of public employees to their full pension.


Tom also sits on the State Investment Council and is one of the founding ESG Committee members, and has been outspoken regarding his disdain for hedge funds and their exorbitant fees. Together with colleagues on the Council, the disdain translated into reductions of the allocations from 12.5%, to 6%, and then to the current 3%, saving our pension HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of DOLLARS annually!


Tom has been a staunch advocate for public employees and is now up for re-election. In order to get on the ballot and continue to fight for public workers, he needs your help now. He needs 500 nominations of currently working state employees by January 7, 2022. The election, if needed, will be in the Spring of 2022. Nominating is a simple, 30-second process for all ACTIVELY WORKING STATE WORKERS. Just go to the nominating link below and fill out the required information, click on Tom Bruno’s name to nominate him and you are done.


If you would like to read more about Tom or contact him, you can go to his website:
http://TomBruno.org. If you access it from a mobile device, click on the three horizontal lines below the lower-left corner of his picture to open the page tabs.


The Division of Pensions Election site link for State Worker trustee nomination is:
https:/vote.election-america.com/PERS-State/
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!!!

Education and Equity Committee Meeting 9/29/21 at 5pm

The Education and Equity Committee will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Start brainstorming ideas for our goals for 2021-2021 to see what we would like to accomplish. Please see the Zoom link below.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Availability at Direct Primary Care Providers

Everside Health (previously Paladina) and Sanitas Medical Centers of New Jersey, two of the Direct Primary Care Medical Home vendors contracted by the Division of Pensions and Benefits, have recently been approved to administer COVID-19 vaccines and currently have vaccines in stock. Any eligible SHBP/SEHBP member, whether or not they are enrolled in DPCMH, can get vaccinated through these partners (provided that they meet vaccine eligibility requirements).

Update on NJ Reopening and Telework

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

We hope that you and your family are healthy and staying safe. We wanted to provide this message to update you on the steps CWA continues to take to keep members safe and to address concerns regarding return to offices and telework.

The last 16 months has brought so many unforeseen challenges. We are truly living in unprecedented times. On behalf of all New Jerseyans and the Union, we want to thank and recognize the amazing work performed by CWA members while in the office, in the field, and in remote locations during the worst of the pandemic. We maintained critical government services when the public needed it most.

As we have all come to learn, vaccinations are the best way to stop the spread of this highly communicable virus. CWA strongly encourages all members to get the vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to protect our families and coworkers. The State has already mandated vaccinations in some worksites and that unvaccinated workers must get tested weekly in others. We anticipate the Administration will feel the need to take similar action throughout State Government. The impact of these policies must be negotiated with the Union before they takes effect. In the meantime, CWA remains committed to taking all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of all state workers.

When the pandemic struck, there was no federal plan in response to the emergence of a highly contagious life-threatening virus. With no time to prepare, Governor Murphy was forced to quickly convert the majority of state government services to remote work, partnering with CWA to help 80% of our members to transition to telework. To protect those workers whose jobs simply could not be done remotely, CWA staff and Shop Stewards inspected worksites and had daily – then weekly – discussions with Governor Murphy’s administration to do all we could to keep everyone as safe as possible. CWA has also provided 12 hours of health and safety training to hundreds of our CWA Shop Stewards, and will be training many more in the coming weeks. This training provides the necessary tools to ensure that management addresses and resolves worksite health and safety issues.

NJ has reopened, schools will be returning to in-person instruction and many state governments in the Northeastern United States are planning to return to work by September. Since Governor Murphy announced New Jersey State offices would fully resume onsite reporting on September 7th, our members should start to make the necessary arrangements in their home life to prepare for the return-to-office date of September 7th.

CWA has been advocating for remote working to continue beyond September 7th, where possible, and we have been in discussions with the State for the past several weeks. Members have contacted us to advocate for the ability to continue to telework and we hear you. CWA is focused on addressing members’ desire for remote work options while also building in protections that ensure this new way of working is equitable for all members, contractual protections are maintained, and members’ jobs are protected in the future.

Reaching an agreement on a completely new way of working is not easy, but we will continue to meet with the State and try to work through it TOGETHER. The current remote work arrangements, where they exist, were authorized under a State of Emergency without addressing many complications, rules, and thorough impact considerations. These are the many issues that all sides are now working through for a potential permanent policy. The State and CWA are committed to addressing the telework issue while also focused on the safe transition to offices during August and September.

We are concerned, as we know many of you are, with the rising trend of Delta variant cases. We know these concerns have an impact on returning to office on September 7th for many members. Throughout this pandemic, member safety has always been the number one priority. COVID-19 trends, science, and data are under constant review. We will continue to meet with the State in the coming days and weeks to ensure any workplace where our members have a presence is safe and protective. We will keep members informed as the situation continues to develop.

Again, we encourage all of members to get vaccinated. We will provide updates on the progress of all discussions with the State.

In solidarity,

Dennis Trainor, Vice President, CWA District 1
Franceline Ehret, New Jersey Area Director, CWA District 1
John Rose, President, CWA Local 1031
Migdalia Santiago, President, CWA Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, President, CWA Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, President, CWA Local 1036
Ken McNamara, President, CWA Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, President, CWA Local 1038
Carolyn Wade, President, CWA Local 1040